On the Panel – Spider-Man 2099
Spider-Man 2099 is back in his own comic series and with Peter David writing him again that is very good news. Peter David was one of the minds responsible for creating this character back in 1992 so to have him writing the character again is great.
Miguel O’Hara is still stranded in the present and is trying to carve out a life for himself. He’s working for Alchemax -the company that he will work for in his native time- which seems a little risky in terms of messing up the timeline but he’s taking some precautions by posing as Mike O’Mara so that his name doesn’t appear on any Alchemax documents in the future. He works for his Grandfather Tiberius Stone who is definitely not a nice guy.
A lot of this issue was spent establishing Miguel’s status quo and it’s off to a promising start so far. In this issue we meet his landlady, a girl who he saved from a mugging in Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1 and Liz Allan who runs Alchemax. He treats his landlady with a dismissive attitude and considers manipulating the girl he saved because he thinks she might be depressed. The way he treats Liz is really funny too. It’s hard to tell who the projected love interest will be from these three, if any.
The villain of this story I found to be really interesting. Someone comes from the future to fix things that according to his organisation need corrected. I really liked how mysterious the guy is and his costume was really cool. Him rhyming off people’s futures and their worth to humanity was a really nice touch and whether he was doing the right thing for the timeline was left ambiguous.
Miguel’s characterisation is different to Peter, Kaine or Ben Reilly as well as being vastly different to Ock. He’s portrayed as being something of a jackass in this comic, something I found really refreshing. I like that he’s really impolite to most of the people he comes across and in particular the way he dealt with the villain was a nice twist. The humour in this issue works for the most part as well, especially a gag about the holographic clothing he wears.
Liz Allan was well portrayed, showing her intelligence by deducing that the other Spider-Man must work for her since there’s no signs of forced entry to the building. She has an agenda to make him work for her but it’s unclear where this will go in the coming issues but I know I’m excited.
Spider-Man 2099 (2014)
Overall, this was a great start and Peter David was on top form writing this character after so many years. I like how fresh his characterisation feels and Miguel’s world was nicely set up. I think there’s more work to be done to give this series an identity of its own but this is a promising start, I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.